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post #1 of 10
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a little background - my 9 week old has been diagnosed with colic and acid reflux. since he was 3 weeks old i have been off dairy. i have just recently stopped soy as well. up until recently he has had normal yellow-seedy stools. he is now having green or greenish yellow stools almost every single time bowel movement. my pedi thinks he might not be getting enough hindmilk. she suggested i try to give alimentum for a week to see if his stools return to a normal color. i'm not willing to do this. i tried block feeding but my left breast produces WAY less than my right breast. every time i was feeding from the left breast alone baby freaked out and acted starving (he probably was!) i don't know what to do. i don't want to quit breastfeeding but i'm worried about my LO. he was born at just under 6lbs and now at 9 weeks he is just over 10lbs. his pedi said that his weight gain is less than stellar. what can i do?

post #2 of 10
It could be too much fore milk as the doctor suggested but supplementing doesn't seem logical to me either. She should have referred you to a lactation consultant. When baby feeds normally, not block feeds, does he finish the breast on his own or do you stop and switch him?
I would allow him to feed until he either falls asleep or stops feeding on that breast. Then if awake switch to the other breast.

Probably more importantly feed more often and see if the stool improves. Feeding several times an hour is not uncommon for a young infant. Foremilk accumulates over time. The less time between feeds, less time for an imbalance to occur.

Fore milk fat globules are reabsorbed back into your body leaving a less dense milk that must be consumed before the fresh milk arrives. As you probably have read it is also higher in lactose which is great for brain growth but difficult to digest in larger quantities.

You are doing a great job and you will figure out the problem.
Edited by Asiago - 8/2/13 at 2:13pm
post #3 of 10
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yes, when baby feeds i let him tell me when he's finished. i never remove him to switch breasts. he usually either falls asleep or unlatches on his own. i always offer the 2nd breast. sometimes he takes it (especially if i started on the left). he has just recently started going 3-4 hours between feeds. i will start feeding more and see if that improves anything. i think the pedi was concerned that maybe his reflux was causing him to stop eating before he finished enough hindmilk. i can't blame her because sometimes he does start crying before i feel like he should be done eating and i never can figure out why. i burp him and he's better for 2 seconds but when i try to put him back to breast he acts like he doesn't want it. i assume that means he isn't hungry anymore. he's very confusing and inconsistent. colic complicates things... thanks for your help!

post #4 of 10
My thoughts are with you and I really hope you can figure it all out soon. One thought....feeding in an upright position may help, so that baby is vertical. It is easier in a carrier but can be done in arms also. Do you wear baby?
post #5 of 10

This is probably obvious, but I figure can't hurt to mention: When he takes the 2nd breast, that should be the breast you start on the next time.  So, if he starts on the left, finishes, goes to the right, the next feeding should start on the right (which is more likely to have hindmilk ready to go).  

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by deckmama View Post

a little background - my 9 week old has been diagnosed with colic and acid reflux. since he was 3 weeks old i have been off dairy. i have just recently stopped soy as well. up until recently he has had normal yellow-seedy stools. he is now having green or greenish yellow stools almost every single time bowel movement. my pedi thinks he might not be getting enough hindmilk. she suggested i try to give alimentum for a week to see if his stools return to a normal color. i'm not willing to do this. i tried block feeding but my left breast produces WAY less than my right breast. every time i was feeding from the left breast alone baby freaked out and acted starving (he probably was!) i don't know what to do. i don't want to quit breastfeeding but i'm worried about my LO. he was born at just under 6lbs and now at 9 weeks he is just over 10lbs. his pedi said that his weight gain is less than stellar. what can i do?


My son stopped having yellow poops and went to green around then and they were always green the rest of his bf life until solids at over a year. I worried, freaked out, panicked, cut things out of my diet, took him to two doctors. Block fed. All who reassured me that as long as he was gaining weight, and good temperment and healthy then he would just have green mucousy poops and for some kids this can be normal. I know the feeling but it can be ok. My son is now a 20 month healthy chub monster and still bf. I do not think formula is the answer at all.

post #7 of 10

My first was colicky and had reflux as well. Breastfeeding was definitely difficult. I would contact a lactation consultant and see what they think. And I'm not sure why your doctor is so concerned. I was told as long as she was gaining weight that was fine. I definitely would not switch to formula. I hate when they try to say that colic gets better with formula. I know my daughter also went through periods of having different colored stools, green, yellow, etc. I know a LC helped me with my problems with my daughter and her colic. It was 5 years ago, so I don't remember the exact advice anymore, but I know it got better. Having a baby with colic is never easy, and having problems breastfeeding only adds to it. I have been there, and trust me it will get easier. You can get through this :)

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone. we went to see a LC today and she isn't sure why the pedi is concerned with his weight either. she told me that the poop color is not important but the presence of mucous does indicate a sensitivity to some protein in my diet. i'm guessing i'm unknowingly consuming something that's irritating his tummy. i feel so bad that i can't get this under control.

post #9 of 10
That is great that you saw a LC today, don't worry you will figure out what is causing it. You are really a wonderful mom.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

thank you so much for the encouragement! :)
 

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